The European Commission says the new “European University” initiative will allow students, doctoral candidates, staff and researchers to move “seamlessly” between institutions. Photograph: Getty Images

Students will be able study for degrees by completing modules across a “seamless” network of European universities under a new initiative. Trinity an(...)

“Plastic security trays, which we all have to handle, were found to have the highest concentration of viruses.” Photograph: iStock

Fingers crossed – early indications are that this won’t be an especially virulent flu season. But there are plenty of other seasonal bugs whose preval(...)

The most common virus detected on  security trays was the rhinovirus which causes the common cold. Photograph: i Stock

The plastic security trays handled by virtually everyone who makes their way through an airport play host to the greatest number of viruses, according(...)

New members admitted to the Royal Irish Academy, pictured outside the academy on Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph: John Ohle

The Government’s Brexit Strategy should seek to preserve the closest possible research links between Ireland and the UK, according to the president of(...)

Research by the Cochrane Review scientific network confirms that the human papillomavirus vaccination (HPV) is very effective in reducing cases of cervical cancer. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA

Vaccines designed to prevent infection with human papillomavirus (HPV) are effective in protecting against pre-cancerous cervical lesions in women, p(...)

Since 1978, more than 6 million babies have been born through IVF across the world and over 2 per cent of European births are now through IVF. Photograph: iStock

It is “critical” that fertility treatment be publicly funded and legally regulated here, a pioneer in the field has warned. Professor Simon Fishel, f(...)

‘Even a modest effect from near-road exposure could pose a large public health burden,’ says Dr Hong Chen. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Retuers

Living close to a busy road increases the risk of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia by up to 12 per cent, a major study has found. Scientists(...)

Image released by Nasa today  was  taken by  Hubble space telescope covering a portion of the southern field of the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey. Among other data, scientists used the galaxies visible in the survey  to recalculate the total number of galaxies in the observable universe. Photograph: Nasa/EPA

How many galaxies are there in the night sky? A lot more than we realised - 20 times more in fact, leading astronomers to predict there are about 2 tr(...)

Chinese honour guards are reflected in the glass of a bus as they prepare for the arrival of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport in Hangzhou on Friday. World leaders are gathering in the city for the  G20 summit. Photograph: Wang Zhao/AFP

In Hangzhou, the manhole covers are locked down, the Swat teams deployed, factories shuttered to guarantee blue skies and one-third of its six millio(...)

Sperm quality in dogs has fallen rapidly over the past three decades, researchers have found, in a study which could explain the purported decline in human fertility. File photograph: Urs Flueeler/EPA

Sperm quality in dogs has fallen rapidly over the past three decades, researchers have found, in a study which could explain the purported decline in (...)

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